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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF4776

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

205.74 x 102.87 x 53.34 cm (81 x 40 1/2 x 21 in.)

Date

1750–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (drawer linings, vertical brace at back of upper case, backs of upper two drawer dividers of upper case, vertical divider of upper case, back boards of upper case, horizontal support for small drawers of upper case, kick bars for upper drawers of upper case, central guide for small drawers of upper case, backings of drawer dividers of lower case, most drawer supports and guides of lower case, block at top of proper-left stile, and blocks of rear legs [except proper-left front block]); chestnut (bottom and top of upper case, center block behind lower front rail of upper case, back of divider under middle drawer of upper case, blocks on either side of vertical divider of upper case, blocks at interior top rail of upper case, proper-right vertical divider of lower case, backboards of lower case, blocks at proper-left front of lower case, proper-left support for upper drawer of lower case, backing of front rail of lower case, blocks of vertical dividers of lower case, blocks of front legs, front stiles of lower case, block at top of proper-right stile, and front block of proper-left rear leg); yellow poplar (outside blocks at interior lower front rail of upper case, center support for upper drawers, drawer supports for upper case, back board of hood , and top boards of hood); maple (vertical divider of upper case and proper-left vertical divider of lower case)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“I,” in chalk, on interior sides [at front] and some interior bottoms of drawers of upper case; “1,” in graphite, on interior back of proper-right upper drawer; “2,” in graphite, on interior back of proper-left upper drawer; “2 [twice],” in chalk, on interior bottom of proper-left upper drawer; “3,” in chalk, on interior bottom of top long drawer of upper case; “II,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side [at front] of top long drawer of upper case; “I,” in chalk, on interior sides [at front] of upper drawer of lower case; illegible chalk [“1”?], on interior back of proper-right lower drawer and on interior proper-left side [at front]; “2,” in chalk, on interior back and interior proper-right side [at front] of proper-left lower drawer; “I,” in chalk, on interior sides [at front] of middle lower drawer

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

By descent in the Pease family, Rhode Island. Joseph Kabe Estate Auction, Milford, Connecticut, March 20, 2010

Associated names

Pease family of Rhode Island
Joseph Kabe Estate Auction

Construction

The drawer supports are held with rosehead nails.

See also


Bibliography

"Goddard Townsend Highboy To Star at Joseph Kabe Sale," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (April 2, 2010): 36, ill.
"Goddard Townsend Highboy Tops Joseph Kabe Auction," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (April 16, 2010): 67, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 204n4.